These Apps Will Help You Stay in Shape
We all know that apps make our lives easier. From ordering a cup of coffee to getting a ride to the salon, we can have almost anything we want delivered to us with a tap of a button. Lucky for us, food and car rides aren't the only products on demand.
If you whip our your cell phone and search the health section of the App Store, you're likely to find hundreds of apps that help you get fit, run faster, and lose weight. Aside from recognizing a few popular apps like Map My Fitness and Couch To 5K, the selection can get overwhelming. That's why we compiled a list of fitness apps that make it super easy to stay in shape.
P.S. Not all of these apps are free. But for the price of your daily cup of coffee, you can have access to great trainers and resources.
Do you like trying different workouts? Are you afraid to commit to just one studio? If so, ClassPass may be a great option for you. When you sign up for a membership, you get access to studios, boutiques, and gyms in your city for a flat rate (depending on the plan you select).
The workouts include yoga, barre, CrossFit, and many other mainstream classes. You can also try dance, spin, rowing and other classes to help you stay fit.
Do you have a gym membership or an at-home gym? If so, you never have to wonder what you should be doing while you're working out again. Cody has your favorite workouts - yoga, strength training, barre, pilates, and more - plus mediation and nutrition plans to help give you some guidance during your workouts.
The plans and packages vary in price (around $10-$60) but you can also stream live workouts for free. Learn more about Cody here.
Can't make it to spin class? No problem. Hop on your stationary bike and give CycleCast a try. Cycling is a great exercise for cross training. The app has a free 30 day trial and is priced at $9.99/month - half the price of an average spin class. Learn more here.
If you're looking for a free app to test-drive, the Nike Training App is your best bet. You can choose your workout and get started with very little equipment. The workouts vary in difficulty, length and intensity so there's something for everyone. It also features workouts from some of our favorite professional athlete. Check out the Nike+ Training App here.
Strava lets you track your running and riding with GPS, join Challenges, share photos from your activities, and follow friends. Strava syncs with most devices - your phone, GPS watch or head unit, heart rate monitor or power meter - and records just about any performance metric you can imagine, plus a few exclusive to Strava.
Bonus - Sleep Cycle:
Having a hard time getting up early for your workouts? Waking up easy is all about timing. Sleep Cycle alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep. Waking up during light sleep feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock. Get the Sleep Cycle app here.
Takia McClendon is the co-founder of City Fit Girls. She's a shoe expert and manager at a running store in Philadelphia and a Certified Level 1 USATF Coach. Follow her online at @takiamcclendon.
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